A human resource analyst uses various techniques and computer programs to analyze data related to their organization's human resources department. They collect, analyze, and use this data to provide management with valuable information on how to attract better candidates, how to better motivate current employees, how to address current staffing issues, and how to meet laws and regulations related to staffing.
Another large part of the human resource analyst’s responsibilities is to ensure employees are operating at maximum efficiency. To accomplish this, the human resource analyst needs to determine how to ensure employees are working at peak productivity at the lowest possible cost to the company. This involves speaking with employees and supervisors so the analyst can recommend a plan of action, whether it be to attempt to improve skills employees may be lacking, replace current employees, or hire new employees to better distribute workloads. The human resource analyst reports their findings to company management and recommends ways to use the information to the benefit of the company.
A human resource analyst usually works a standard 40-hour workweek in an office environment. They are part of a human resource team and frequently interact with other members of the team to acquire data.
To become a human resource analyst, a bachelor’s degree is required, usually in human resources, industrial psychology, business, or a related field. In addition, employers frequently request candidates have two to five years of experience working in human resources. Also, most human resource analysts are expected to be familiar with Human Resources Information System (HRIS) software.
Human Resources Analyst Tasks
- Review, interpret and recommend changes to human resources policies.
- Collect and analyze human resources data; track trends and developments in employee analyses.
- Administer human resources functions, such as recruitment, reviews, compensation studies, leave and benefits administration.
- May assist with payroll administration.